Weatherford launches intelligent managed pressure drilling system

The system was developed using more than 3.5mn hours of managed pressure drilling field data

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Weatherford International has launched Victus intelligent managed pressure drilling (MPD), which features intelligent control and equipment automation. Based on experience in more than 7,600 MPD operations, Victus aims to improve safety and reduce costs for operations in deep water, shallow water or on land.

Victus incorporates decades of knowledge and data in thousands of wells across the world into one system. It integrates rig equipment for machine-to-machine communication, real-time analysis of downhole conditions and rapid automated responses from a central location.

Using an algorithmic model, it maintains bottomhole pressure to enhance the primary well control barrier. Victus also includes a new automated MPD riser system for floating drilling vessels, which minimizes rig up and rig down time. The integrated, compact and smart riser design reduces installation time from two days to less than 20 minutes.

“Victus is a breakthrough that combines human intelligence with machine communication to drive MPD to new heights,” said Anthony Spinler, vice president of MPD at Weatherford. “Customers can confidently drill ahead as if they have near-infinite mud weight options available at all times. They can reduce rig time, eliminate most drilling hazards, and use the blowout preventer only when necessary.”

“Our personnel and the Weatherford intelligent control system give our customers real-time information to take the exact right action, at the right time, and to achieve the optimal outcome well after well,” said Etienne Roux, president of Drilling and Evaluation at Weatherford.

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